Thoth welcomes a new arrival

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In memoriam Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013.

They're back

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...and this time they're in for serious business.

(See also last year's entry in case you missed it)

Rabbit opticians

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Anchovies with skordalia

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anchovies with skordalia

Simple and delicious.

The recipe:


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Everywhere else this would be considered either a joke or cruelty, but in Vienna it's the sad truth: the sign reads "playground".

Kinderspielplatz / Playground

Vortragsfolien "Mobile Webangebote"

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Summary for English readers: The PowerPoint slides from my presentation in Hamburg are now available for download.
Mobile Webangebote - warum sie unverzichtbar sind und wie sie mit wenig Aufwand erstellt werden können, Dr. Horst Prillinger, Universitätsbibliothek Wien

Die kommentierten PowerPoint-Folien zu meinem Vortrag "Mobile Webangebote - warum sie unverzichtbar sind und wie sie mit wenig Aufwand erstellt werden können" vom Deutschen Bibliothekartag in Hamburg können jetzt hier heruntergeladen werden:
Download (PDF, 6 MB) [korrigierte Version 2012-06-01 12:57 CEST]

In Kürze werden sie auch auf dem BIB-OPUS-Server bereitstehen.

Ich habe versucht, den Vortrag als Text auszuformulieren, aber ich hatte nicht ausreichend Zeit und Muße dafür und habe dann mittendrin aufgegeben, weil es stilistisch nicht allzu gelungen war. Wenn jemand den Vortrag für eine Publikation in Buchform haben will, setze ich mich gerne hin und formuliere das aus, aber für die elektronische Publikation muss das hier reichen. Sollten bei den Folien Fragen auftauchen, bitte als Kommentar posten.


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Summary for English readers: If you want to be really strong, you don't want to be strong like a bear or like an elephant. You want to be as strong as a duck.
Stark wie ein Bär? Oder wie ein Elefant? Von wegen. Das wirklich stärkste Tier von allen, das weiß man doch, ist die Ente.


Ich wars nicht!

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Summary for English readers: Yes, I was in Hamburg on that day, but I want to make it clear that I'm perfectly innocent.
Ich war zwar an dem Tag in Hamburg, aber ich möchte festhalten, dass ich mit dieser Sache nichts zu tun hatte.


Potato goulash

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Lately, I've become somewhat addicted to potato goulash. I've loved the dish for a long time (had it a lot when I was a child), but my own attempts at cooking it never totally satisfied me. Then I had a look at the Plachutta/Wagner cookbook [English edition] [German edition] (very much recommended if you want to dive into Austrian cuisine!), and it prompted me to change three things about my recipe. The result turned out to be perfectly delicious.

In case you were wondering: yes, the picture accurately represents the actual colour of the meal.

Here is the recipe:

Ten tips to make sure your chili plants grow

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  1. Provide a sufficiently large flower pot. The minimum is 17-19cm (about 7").
  2. Make sure the plant is not exposed to temperatures below 10°C (50F).
  3. Don't keep the plant too moist - water only if earth is very dry or if plant looks exhausted.
  4. Put plant in a bright, warm spot. Direct sunlight is advised.
  5. Don't use fertilizer - if you do, the plant will grow lots of branches and leaves, but no chilis.
  6. Remove the first blossom or chili. This will multiply your harvest.
  7. If there are blossoms, but no chilis, use a cotton swab to pollinate them.
  8. If the plant has aphids, put the plant outside and hope for ladybirds, carpenter bees or ichneumon wasps.
  9. If the plant has lots of aphids, shower it with lukewarm water.
  10. If the plant has lots of aphids and lots of black larvae, rejoice, for the ladybirds have arrived.

(plants in office, awaiting collection)

Still plenty of chili plants where these came from, contact me if you want some.

Bibimbap, or The art of visual frustration

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I guess the Korean dish Bibimbap must be one of the visually most frustrating foods in existence. Essentially, what you do is cook rice, sauté some vegetables, stir fry some meat and then arrange everything in a bowl.

Immediately after serving, Bibimbap looks something like this:


However, immediately before eating, Bibimbap looks like this:

Dietary recommendation

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If you are in Munich and are trying to lose weight, you should probably not enter this restaurant.


(Further investigation has revealed that the name of the restaurant is not a warning for weight-conscious customers, but instead the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese letters below, which read "Wan Fa Jiulou", meaning "restaurant of the ten-thousand accomplishments" or "restaurant of infinite riches". - Thx to the colleagues from the East Asian Studies Library and @kattebelletje on Twitter)

Greek eggplant salad (Melitzanosalata)

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I've come a step closer to finding out why so few Greek restaurants in Vienna have eggplant salad on the menu, and why, if they do, it's usually not cheap: Three eggplants and 80 minutes' work don't even fill a small tupperware container. However, the result is so yummy that you may want to give it a try.


Here's the recipe:

Easter is approaching

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And the children's wear shop next door is trying to kill me with cuteness.

Beim Laden mit der Maus

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Summary for English readers: The "Mouse show" is a popular German children's programme that has been broadcast since the 1970s. A shop in Cologne sells tons of merchandise. In the background: Cologne cathedral.

In Köln konnte ich natürlich nicht umhin, den Maus-Devotionalienshop in der Breiten Straße zu besuchen und herauszufinden, ob es da irgendwelche netten Dinge gibt. Leider waren die Preise etwas happiger als erwartet.